March 31, 2011

St. Paul Newborn Photography | Meet Owen

It was such a pleasure to meet this handsome guy! Talk about a cooperative and alert - and adorable - baby. Owen was up and at 'em and showing us his bright eyes right until the very end of the session, when we got those sweet sleeping shots. I love these shoots!

March 28, 2011

ISES Star Awards | Twin Cities Event Photography

The 7th Annual ISES Minnesota Star Awards was last week at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, MN. I had so much fun shooting with Bethany O'Day and Noah Wolf. What an entertaining and fun night!

The Star Awards is an opportunity for event professional to be nominated and recognized for the very hard and very impressive work they do all year. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees (including my fella Tim McVean for 2 awards for AVEX).

Boy, do event professionals know how to party! With so many generous business contributing their services - from AV to decor to flowers to food to... um... photography :) and much more, the Roy was definitely "rocked." The band PopROCKS was ah-mazing and so fun. Also present were the Minnesota RollerGirls, live snakes, (temporary) tatoo artists, an oxygen bar, and an after-party fit for rock stars. We had a great time and were so happy to contribute! Enjoy!

Oh, one more interesting tid bit: I photographed the first ever MN Star Awards those short seven years ago as a student at Augsburg College. Yep - carried around my bags of film, one camera, two lenses, and whole stomach of nerves. But everyone starts somewhere and it was doubly exciting to do it again in 2011 - my time does fly! :)

March 18, 2011

Minneapolis Theater Photographer | Illusion Theater | Three Viewings

The Illusion Theater's upcoming production, Three Viewings opens Friday April 15th. Check it out!

Sara's Sweet Designs

My best gal pal in the whole world, Sara has refined her cake and cupcake decorating skills. When visiting her in Omaha recently, she concocted a few crazy-cool "pieces:" a beach scene, slumber party kids, and black-and-white wedding. She's also done birthday racetracks, 40th's, aliens, and much more! Love them!

March 17, 2011

Minneapolis Headshot Photographer | Mike Kelley

Mike Kelley of Pioneer Place on Fifth is currently directing "The Seagull," which opens next week Thursday, March 24th in St. Cloud.

Lindie's Birthday

My baby sister turned 20 earlier this month. We had a small family gathering and great homemade meal - topped off with spectacular dessert (as always)! The puppy pictures were for our other sister living in Italy - I thought she'd be more excited to see Bella than us - ah, well. :)

I played - quickly - with a couple different looks - not my best work artistically, but documented all the same (I'm trying to make an effort to document my own life more).

March 1, 2011

Las Vegas | WPPI 2011

I bet hundreds of photographers around the world are blogging about WPPI Las Vegas 2011 last week. It was ah-mazing! (WPPI is Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) and they hold a huge convention and trade show every year in Vegas. This was my first time attending and man, was it worth it! With the top wedding and portrait photographers in the world speaking for more than 4 days straight, I learned and listened and took notes - lots of them - and left feeling inspired. (Sometimes it can be easy to get discouraged because the road ahead looks so long and treacherous, but I can definitely feel myself and my business trudging along - in a happy, positive, good way).

Thank you to all the people and organizations who help make continued education in this industry possible and available - and to those who share their stories and wisdom! :)

In another vein, Tim and I have friends in Vegas and they were so wonderful: we stayed with them and I rented a car to drive to the strip each day for seminars (and just a little Frappuccino-drinking and video poker-playing). Anyway, it was awesome to see them again! Here are a few shots from our stay and of their little guy, Ryland, who turns one this month.